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How This Provider Compares

This Provider

Avg in State & Specialty

Providers in this state and specialty were reimbursed, on average, $184 per patient in 2012.
They performed about 3 services per patient. Here’s how this provider compares.
Number of
Patients
2,426
Rank: 51st
out of 614 providers in this state & specialty
Services
Performed
8,778
Rank: 36th
out of 614 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Services
Per Patient
3.6 This Provider
Avg 3.2
Total Paid
by Medicare
$401K
Rank: 73rd
out of 614 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Paid
Per Patient
$165 This Provider
Avg $184

Office Visits

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Medicare reimburses office visits using a five-point scale, with five being the most intensive and costly. The chart below shows what percentage of this provider’s office visits were reimbursed at each level. A higher than average proportion of costly visits is not necessarily an indication of a problem, but it may be worth asking about.

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Ghassan Alkoutami
Average for Cardiology Providers in North Carolina

Who Patients See Before and After This Provider

Providers often refer their patients to a small network of other providers and organizations. Here’s who patients saw the most patients within 30 days before or after this provider, from Jan. 2012 to June 2013.

Patients saw before

Ghassan Alkoutami

Patients saw after

This Provider's Services

This provider performed 42 different services in 2012
CATEGORY
Description of Service
Times Performed (or Units) This Service's Rank Patients Unique Visits
Per Patient
Billed to Medicare Payments from Medicare
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, clotting time

Service Code: 85610
Performed in an office
1,374
times performed,
16% of his services

1st 6th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

496
patients got this service, 20% of his patients
2.8
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 3.5)
$42,594an average of $31 per time performed $8,244
an average of $6 per time performed
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

Insertion of needle into vein for collection of blood sample +

Insertion of needle into vein for collection of blood sample ×

Service Code: 36415
Performed in an office
1,010
times performed,
12% of his services

2nd 14th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

570
patients got this service, 23% of his patients
1.8
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.9)
$21,210an average of $21 per time performed $3,030
an average of $3 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 15 minutes ×

Service Code: 99213
Performed in an office
848
times performed,
10% of his services

3rd 5th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

722
patients got this service, 30% of his patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$87,344an average of $103 per time performed $44,096
an average of $52 per time performed
MEDICINE

Routine ekg using at least 12 leads including interpretat... +

Routine ekg using at least 12 leads including interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93000
Performed in an office
666
times performed,
8% of his services

4th 3rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

580
patients got this service, 24% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$57,942an average of $87 per time performed $8,658
an average of $13 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typically 25 minutes ×

Service Code: 99214
Performed in an office
620
times performed,
7% of his services

5th 1st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

562
patients got this service, 23% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.7)
$93,620an average of $151 per time performed $37,200
an average of $60 per time performed
DRUGS

Injection, regadenoson (lexiscan), 0.1 mg

Service Code: J2785
Performed in an office
608
times performed,
7% of his services

6th 9th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

151
patients got this service, 6% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$34,656an average of $57 per time performed $25,536
an average of $42 per time performed
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring, physician interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93018
Performed in a facility
269
times performed,
3% of his services

7th 16th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

268
patients got this service, 11% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$49,227an average of $183 per time performed $2,959
an average of $11 per time performed
RADIOLOGY

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or... +

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or exercise multiple studies ×

Service Code: 78452
Performed in a facility
267
times performed,
3% of his services

8th 20th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

266
patients got this service, 11% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$177,555an average of $665 per time performed $15,753
an average of $59 per time performed
MEDICINE

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted ... +

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted blood flow rate, direction, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93306
Performed in a facility
263
times performed,
3% of his services

9th 4th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

260
patients got this service, 11% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$188,834an average of $718 per time performed $12,887
an average of $49 per time performed
MEDICINE

Routine electrocardiogram (ekg) using at least 12 leads w... +

Routine electrocardiogram (ekg) using at least 12 leads with interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93010
Performed in a facility
262
times performed,
3% of his services

10th 2nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

140
patients got this service, 6% of his patients
1.6
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$12,052an average of $46 per time performed $1,834
an average of $7 per time performed
ADMINISTRATIVE

Technetium tc-99m tetrofosmin, diagnostic, per study dose +

Technetium tc-99m tetrofosmin, diagnostic, per study dose ×

Service Code: A9502
Performed in an office
230
times performed,
3% of his services

11th 32nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

229
patients got this service, 9% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$29,210an average of $127 per time performed $20,930
an average of $91 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 10 minutes ×

Service Code: 99212
Performed in an office
228
times performed,
3% of his services

12th 40th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

217
patients got this service, 9% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$16,188an average of $71 per time performed $7,296
an average of $32 per time performed
RADIOLOGY

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or... +

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or exercise multiple studies ×

Service Code: 78452
Performed in an office
227
times performed,
3% of his services

13th 15th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

225
patients got this service, 9% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$573,402an average of $2,526 per time performed $82,174
an average of $362 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Subsequent hospital inpatient care, typically 25 minutes ... +

Subsequent hospital inpatient care, typically 25 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99232
Performed in a facility
212
times performed,
2% of his services

14th 8th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

108
patients got this service, 4% of his patients
2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2)
$24,168an average of $114 per time performed $11,448
an average of $54 per time performed
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring, physician supervision, interpretation, and report ×

Service Code: 93015
Performed in an office
189
times performed,
2% of his services

15th 18th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

188
patients got this service, 8% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$79,002an average of $418 per time performed $12,474
an average of $66 per time performed
MEDICINE

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted ... +

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted blood flow rate, direction, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93306
Performed in an office
178
times performed,
2% of his services

16th 10th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

177
patients got this service, 7% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$219,118an average of $1,231 per time performed $26,344
an average of $148 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, basic group of blood chemicals

Service Code: 80048
Performed in an office
136
times performed,
2% of his services

17th 33rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

126
patients got this service, 5% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$9,248an average of $68 per time performed $1,496
an average of $11 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Subsequent hospital inpatient care, typically 15 minutes ... +

Subsequent hospital inpatient care, typically 15 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99231
Performed in a facility
123
times performed,
1% of his services

18th 29th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

74
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$9,840an average of $80 per time performed $3,567
an average of $29 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 3... +

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 30 minutes ×

Service Code: 99203
Performed in an office
107
times performed,
1% of his services

19th 61st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

107
patients got this service, 4% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$18,832an average of $176 per time performed $7,811
an average of $73 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 70 minutes per... +

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 70 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99223
Performed in a facility
73
times performed,
0.83% of his services

20th 17th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

73
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$21,608an average of $296 per time performed $11,023
an average of $151 per time performed
MEDICINE

Insertion of catheter in left heart for imaging of blood ... +

Insertion of catheter in left heart for imaging of blood vessels or grafts and left lower heart ×

Service Code: 93458
Performed in a facility
70
times performed,
0.8% of his services

21st 26th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

69
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$47,250an average of $675 per time performed $16,520
an average of $236 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Hospital discharge day management, 30 minutes or less

Service Code: 99238
Performed in a facility
67
times performed,
0.76% of his services

22nd 38th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

66
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$8,710an average of $130 per time performed $3,618
an average of $54 per time performed
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-... +

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-hour ekg ×

Service Code: 93224
Performed in an office
55
times performed,
0.63% of his services

23rd 44th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

55
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$14,300an average of $260 per time performed $4,070
an average of $74 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides)

Service Code: 80061
Performed in an office
50
times performed,
0.57% of his services

24th 37th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

47
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$3,200an average of $64 per time performed $550
an average of $11 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Liver function blood test panel

Service Code: 80076
Performed in an office
49
times performed,
0.56% of his services

25th 57th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

47
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$3,430an average of $70 per time performed $588
an average of $12 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Complete blood cell count (red cells, white blood cell, p... +

Complete blood cell count (red cells, white blood cell, platelets), automated test ×

Service Code: 85025
Performed in an office
42
times performed,
0.48% of his services

26th 46th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

42
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$1,554an average of $37 per time performed $462
an average of $11 per time performed
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg tracing and monitoring ×

Service Code: 93017
Performed in an office
42
times performed,
0.48% of his services

27th 59th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

42
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,914an average of $117 per time performed $1,596
an average of $38 per time performed
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring, physician interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93018
Performed in an office
42
times performed,
0.48% of his services

28th 45th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

42
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$7,686an average of $183 per time performed $504
an average of $12 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Hospital observation care discharge

Service Code: 99217
Performed in a facility
39
times performed,
0.44% of his services

29th 69th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

39
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,836an average of $124 per time performed $2,067
an average of $53 per time performed
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm symptom-related tracing of 24-hour ekg monit... +

Heart rhythm symptom-related tracing of 24-hour ekg monitoring up to 30 days ×

Service Code: 93270
Performed in an office
38
times performed,
0.43% of his services

30th 101st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

38
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$5,624an average of $148 per time performed $342
an average of $9 per time performed
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm symptom-related interpretation of 24-hour ek... +

Heart rhythm symptom-related interpretation of 24-hour ekg monitoring up to 30 days ×

Service Code: 93272
Performed in an office
36
times performed,
0.41% of his services

31st 88th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

36
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$7,308an average of $203 per time performed $684
an average of $19 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Hospital observation care typically 70 minutes per day

Service Code: 99220
Performed in a facility
35
times performed,
0.4% of his services

32nd 90th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

34
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$10,150an average of $290 per time performed $4,725
an average of $135 per time performed
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-... +

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-hour ekg ×

Service Code: 93227
Performed in an office
34
times performed,
0.39% of his services

33rd 51st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

34
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$6,902an average of $203 per time performed $714
an average of $21 per time performed
MEDICINE

Routine electrocardiogram (ekg) using at least 12 leads w... +

Routine electrocardiogram (ekg) using at least 12 leads with interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93010
Performed in an office
31
times performed,
0.35% of his services

34th 42nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

31
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$1,426an average of $46 per time performed $186
an average of $6 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 5 minutes ×

Service Code: 99211
Performed in an office
29
times performed,
0.33% of his services

35th 11th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

29
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.6)
$1,160an average of $40 per time performed $435
an average of $15 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 50 minutes per... +

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 50 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99222
Performed in a facility
28
times performed,
0.32% of his services

36th 22nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

28
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$5,936an average of $212 per time performed $2,884
an average of $103 per time performed
MEDICINE

Insertion of catheter in left heart for imaging of blood ... +

Insertion of catheter in left heart for imaging of blood vessels or grafts and left lower heart ×

Service Code: 93459
Performed in a facility
27
times performed,
0.31% of his services

37th 73rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

27
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$21,600an average of $800 per time performed $7,236
an average of $268 per time performed
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring and physician supervision ×

Service Code: 93016
Performed in a facility
20
times performed,
0.23% of his services

38th 19th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

20
patients got this service, 0.82% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$2,360an average of $118 per time performed $320
an average of $16 per time performed
MEDICINE

Ultrasound scanning of blood flow (outside the brain) on ... +

Ultrasound scanning of blood flow (outside the brain) on both sides of head and neck ×

Service Code: 93880
Performed in a facility
20
times performed,
0.23% of his services

39th 65th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

20
patients got this service, 0.82% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$5,180an average of $259 per time performed $460
an average of $23 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Hospital observation care typically 50 minutes

Service Code: 99219
Performed in a facility
18
times performed,
0.21% of his services

40th 130th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

18
patients got this service, 0.74% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,690an average of $205 per time performed $1,800
an average of $100 per time performed
MEDICINE

Insertion of probe in esophagus for heart ultrasound exam... +

Insertion of probe in esophagus for heart ultrasound examination including interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93312
Performed in a facility
17
times performed,
0.19% of his services

41st 48th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

17
patients got this service, 0.7% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$6,868an average of $404 per time performed $1,411
an average of $83 per time performed
MEDICINE

Evaluation of heart function using tilt table

Service Code: 93660
Performed in a facility
17
times performed,
0.19% of his services

42nd 208th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

17
patients got this service, 0.7% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$5,270an average of $310 per time performed $1,241
an average of $73 per time performed
MEDICINE

Follow-up or limited ultrasound examination of heart

Service Code: 93308
Performed in a facility
16
times performed,
0.18% of his services

43rd 62nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

16
patients got this service, 0.66% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$2,816an average of $176 per time performed $304
an average of $19 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Natriuretic peptide (heart and blood vessel protein) level +

Natriuretic peptide (heart and blood vessel protein) level ×

Service Code: 83880
Performed in an office
15
times performed,
0.17% of his services

44th 71st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

15
patients got this service, 0.62% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$1,500an average of $100 per time performed $675
an average of $45 per time performed
PROCEDURES

Physician review, interpretation, and patient management ... +

Physician review, interpretation, and patient management of home inr testing for patient with either mechanical heart valve(s), chronic atrial fibrillation, or venous thromboembolism who meets medicare coverage criteria; testing not occurring more frequently than once a week; billing units of service include 4 tests ×

Service Code: G0250
Performed in an office
15
times performed,
0.17% of his services

45th 122nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

11
patients got this service, 0.45% of his patients
1.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 3.6)
$375an average of $25 per time performed $105
an average of $7 per time performed
MEDICINE

Ultrasound scanning of blood flow (outside the brain) on ... +

Ultrasound scanning of blood flow (outside the brain) on both sides of head and neck ×

Service Code: 93880
Performed in an office
13
times performed,
0.15% of his services

46th 28th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

13
patients got this service, 0.54% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$6,773an average of $521 per time performed $1,768
an average of $136 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 30 minutes per... +

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 30 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99221
Performed in a facility
12
times performed,
0.14% of his services

47th 60th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

12
patients got this service, 0.49% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,812an average of $151 per time performed $912
an average of $76 per time performed
MEDICINE

Follow-up or limited ultrasound examination of heart

Service Code: 93308
Performed in an office
11
times performed,
0.13% of his services

48th 155th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

11
patients got this service, 0.45% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$4,422an average of $402 per time performed $451
an average of $41 per time performed

Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Plan and Provider Enumeration System, American Medical Association

Services that begin with a letter come from CMS. All other codes and descriptions of the medical procedures are from the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. Where practical, AMA’s consumer friendly translation of the CPT descriptor was used. ProPublica has received permission from the AMA to use these codes on this site.

Notes: This provider has a self-reported specialty of "Cardiovascular Disease." In some cases the self-reported specialty may differ from the specialty listed above, which comes from Medicare. Medicare redacted this data for any services provided to fewer than 11 patients.

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